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    Icon1 Europe's first MPV

    In 1984, Renault presented Europe's first MPV, an exciting new vehicle developed jointly with Matra Automobiles. The Renault Espace was the first of a whole new generation of cars guided by the twin principles of practicality and leisure. This would mean a radically new user-oriented design approach, which is apparent in everything about the Renault Espace, starting with the homely exterior styling that managed to achieve good aerodynamic performance despite the height. But perhaps the greatest originality of the Espace was in the interior layout, which sought home-like convenience through features such pivoting seats and modularity, in order to offer unprecedented on-board comfort in a vehicle no longer than a classic saloon.
    After overcoming initial market inertia, the Espace went on to effectively revolutionize car design, establishing the monospace as a format with a future. Other carmakers would soon catch on and follow Renault's lead.
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    Name: Renault Espace
    Model year: 1984
    Engine: Renault four-cylinder petrol unit - Capacity 1995cc - Bore 88 mm - Stroke 82 mm
    Nominal power: 110 bhp at 5500 rpm
    Gearbox: Five forward speeds and reverse
    Brakes: Power-assisted ventilated disk brakes at front and drum brakes at rear
    Coachwork: Five-door monospace with five or seven seats
    Dimensions and weight: Length 4.25 m - Width 1.78 m - Height 1.66 m - Weight 1225 kg
    Top speed: 170 km/h

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?

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    A friend of me has a Espace I.
    The are starting to become rare.
    The most are gone.
    From the other types are still a lot of cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney
    Weight 1225 kg
    To think my 307 weighs more than this now.

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that it was and still is

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that it was and still is a marvellous

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that it

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    Quote Originally Posted by danielsydney
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that it was and still is a marvellous
    Well Daniel, I don't reckon BB would drive one but apart from that we are in full agreement about Bob.

    In fact everyone here wopuld be in full agreement about the espace......so is it worth the effort of shoving up yet another dorothy dix say nothing much post preaching to the converted?

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    4 X the insight huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BogMaster
    Well Daniel, I don't reckon BB would drive one but apart from that we are in full agreement about Bob.

    In fact everyone here wopuld be in full agreement about the espace......so is it worth the effort of shoving up yet another dorothy dix say nothing much post preaching to the converted?

    Bog, you've been here for years. Daniel just tipped you over the edge today?

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    Tell us something we don't know Daniel...does Bob Brown drive one?
    I dont think so. I think being a progressive man He would see the Espace in its full Glory. And that it was and still is a marvellous machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergetov
    Bog, you've been here for years. Daniel just tipped you over the edge today?
    No I just think the time is overdue for Daniel to serve up this unmitigated drivel to his mates on the Cit forum......share the knowledge Daniel.... and see how they react

    As far as Bob Brown goes, I think he would see any French car as the product of a pack of rsoles who polluted the Pacific with nuclear weapons testing, and hence I don't think he would be likely to have much of an interest.

    And you are right Serg, it has been a bad day.
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    Ah well, enjoy the weekend then

    I think your right re: Bob Brown. He might be more sympathetic to cars if they ran on some kind of love vibe, but even that would be stretching it.

    I'd say he'd recommend people drive Toyotas Prius if they simply MUST make destroying the planet part of their daily routine.

    He might like diesels though. The fact it kills humans is irrelevent, since techincally its better for the planet.

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    First MPV??? What about the VW Kombi?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnh875
    First MPV??? What about the VW Kombi?
    Definitely right and I could see Bob driving one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    To think my 307 weighs more than this now.
    Yes it's amazing how much weight cars have put on...I remember the S**b 9000 whne I got it was heavy at around 1300kg....now even Megane 225's and WRX are close to if not over that.
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